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Alexander Alekhine vs Geza Maroczy
"Bled Dry" (game of the day Nov-08-2017)
Bled (1931), Bled YUG, rd 24, Sep-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-13  Abdel Irada: Today's theme: Monday Deferred.

The first move is an unremarkable pawn check. But if Black plays 28. ...Kd8 rather than take the pawn, *then* he gets the Monday treatment with 29. Qxe8†!

I wonder how many mid- to late-week puzzles might be described as "Monday* puzzles, seen from one or more moves earlier." ;-)


*I am not, of course, suggesting that most of the puzzles actually involve queen sacs. I speak here only of the ones that do.

Jul-24-13  Alex56171: 28.f6+ does it!
If 28... Kd8 29.Qxe8+ Kxe8 30.Rc8#
If 28... Nxf6 29.Qxf6+ Kd7 30.Nf8#
Jul-24-13  M.Hassan: <morfishine:PM: A famous game with an overlooked hidden resource for Black. Nunn expounds on analysis by Vukovic and concludes Black improves with <27...Rc6>; so much so that after 28.Rxc6 bxc6 29.fxe6 fxe6 30.Nf6 Bf7 31.Nxd7 Rxd7 32.Bg6 Qc5+ 33.Kh1 Qf2 34.Qa1 Qxf1+ 35.Qxf1 Bxg6 White's advantage has shrunk to the point that a draw is likely:>

Interesting. Thanks for posting it.

Jul-24-13  tivrfoa: the moves before were amazing. =)
i think he started the plan at 23 at least.
Jul-24-13  BlackSheep: Maroczy should have known better , there's no such thing as a "free" bishop against players of Alekhines stature .
Jul-24-13  Nullifidian: 28. ♙f6+ ♔d8 (♘xf6 29. ♕xf6+ ♔d7 30. ♘f8#) 29. ♕xe8+ ♔xe8 30. ♖c8#
Dec-28-13  Artemi: Alekhine breath life to the Chess pieces.....a magnficent player, He saves Capablanca to second disaster because at this time he is in the pinacle of his power!!! No surprise that he is the idol of Gary Kasparov!!1
May-15-14  Capacorn: What an awesome game. If we analyze it to death Alekhine's play may not lead to a forced win, but who cares? From a real-world perspective, the attack obviously works beautifully. (Emphasis on the word "beautifully.") It wouldn't hurt me to play an attack of this kind and draw, or even lose, the game. That's the chance one takes -- a worthwhile chance, in my opinion.

The notes in "The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games" read like an attacking (and defensive) manual -- well worth studying and admiring.

May-15-14  Capacorn: <perfidious: <GauraNitai: ....once you see f6 the game's up. But the difficult part lies in bringing your opponent to the position where you can play f6, which is what differentiates masters from mediocres.>

This can even be the case when it comes to top players: Spielmann once noted that he could see combinations as capably as Alekhine, but had difficulty bringing about the same positions.>

One of my favorite chess quotes, Perfidious. I think that many of us lesser players can find the combination if presented with the starting position, as in a "white to play and win" problem. The real trick is arranging the pieces to make the combination possible in the first place. The difference between the two can be several hundred rating points. What a pleasure to observe the build-up from the master.

May-18-16  andrea volponi: 23 f5!! . 18...Txd4?(Cbd5!)
Nov-08-17  yadasampati: Black surrenders, because his destiny is sealed: either with 28...Kd8 29. Qxe8+ Kxe8 30. Rc8#, or with 28...Nxf6 29. Qxf6+ Kd7 30. Nf8#
Nov-08-17  Whitehat1963: Brilliant finish!
Nov-08-17  sakredkow: <The notes in "The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games" read like an attacking (and defensive) manual -- well worth studying and admiring.>

Thanks. Hold everything, I know what I'm doing this morning.

Nov-08-17  lzromeu: Queen sac anda mate this is Alekhine the great
28...Kd8 29. Qxe8+ Kxe8 30. Rc8#
Nov-08-17  kevin86: Mate n 2 to follow.
Nov-08-17  cormier: nite nite guys ... ths G
Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.19 (29 ply) 5...h6 6.Bh4

2) +0.08 (28 ply) 5...O-O 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 b6 9.Nge2 Bb7 10.O-O c5 11.Rc1 Nbd7 12.Bc2 a6 13.b3 Bd6 14.h3

3) +0.09 (28 ply) 5...b6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bb5+ c6 8.Bd3 O-O 9.Nf3 Bb7 10.O-O c5 11.Nh4 g6 12.Nf3 Nbd7 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Be2 Qb6 15.Qc2

4) +0.22 (28 ply) 5...c6 6.cxd5 cxd5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Bd3 O-O 9.O-O h6 10.Bh4 b6 11.a3 Bb7 12.Rc1 Rc8

5) +0.25 (28 ply) 5...dxc4 6.Bxc4 O-O 7.Nf3 h6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.O-O Nd7 10.Qc2 c5

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.15 (29 ply) 6.Qc2

2) +0.16 (28 ply) 6.Rc1 h6 7.Bh4 c6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.a3 b6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Qc2 Nh5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Bd3 Nhf6 14.O-O Bb7 15.Nh4 g6 16.h3 Rae8 17.Bxg6 fxg6

3) +0.14 (28 ply) 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bh4 O-O 8.Qc2 c5 9.Rd1 b6 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Be2 Be6 15.O-O a5 16.h3 Rfc8

4) +0.11 (28 ply) 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.Nxd5 exd5 9.Nf3 Nf6 10.Qc2 c6 11.Bd3 O-O 12.O-O g6

12.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.25 (29 ply) 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Qc2 b6 9.Rd1 Bb7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bf4 c5 12.Bf5 Nh5 13.Be5 Nhf6 14.h4 a6 15.Bf4 b5 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.a3 b4 18.axb4 Ne6

2) +0.17 (29 ply) 7.Qc2 h6 8.Bh4 c5 9.Rd1 b6 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Nxd5 exd5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Be2 Qf6 15.Nd4 Bd7 16.O-O Rac8

3) +0.15 (29 ply) 7.Rc1 h6

4) +0.08 (28 ply) 7.h3 h6 8.Bh4 b6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Bxe7 Nxe7 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.O-O c5 13.Be4 Qb8 14.Rc1 a6 15.Bxb7 Qxb7 16.dxc5 Nxc5

5) +0.04 (28 ply) 7.Bh4 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Qc2 c5 11.O-O g6 12.Rad1 a6 13.Ne5 c4 14.Be2 b5 15.a3 Ne4

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.31 (29 ply) 8...c5 9.dxc5

2) +0.19 (28 ply) 8...c6 9.Qc2 Ne4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Be2 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 dxc4 13.Qxc4 e5 14.O-O Re8 15.a3 e4

3) +0.22 (28 ply) 8...b6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.Bd3 c5 12.Bf5 Nh5 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Bxd7 Qxd7 15.O-O Nf6 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Na4 c4

4) +0.28 (28 ply) 8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.O-O a6 11.a4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Nb3 Nfd7 14.Bg3 Nxb3 15.Qxb3 Nc5 16.Qc2

8.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.13 (29 ply) 9.Qc2

2) +0.06 (28 ply) 9.a3 Ne4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Qc2 Nxc3 12.Qxc3 dxc4 13.Qxc4 e5 14.Be2 e4 15.Nd2 Rd8 16.O-O Nf6 17.b4 Rd5

3) =0.00 (28 ply) 9.Bg3 Nh5 10.Be5 Nhf6 11.Bg3

5.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.10 (30 ply) 9...dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 11.Bd3 a6 12.a4 Bb7 13.O-O b4 14.Bxf6 Nxf6 15.Ne4 Nd7 16.Bb1 Rc8 17.Qd3 g6 18.Ba2 Qc7 19.Bc4

2) +0.16 (29 ply) 9...a6 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.a4 b6 12.O-O Bb7 13.Ne2 Bd6 14.Qb3 a5 15.Bb5

3) +0.28 (29 ply) 9...b6 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.O-O Bb7 12.Ne2 a6 13.a4 Bd6 14.Qb3

5.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.18 (29 ply) 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.a4 b6 12.O-O Bd6 13.Ne2 Bb7 14.Qb3 Qe7 15.h3 Rac8 16.Rfd1 Rfe8 17.Bg3 Bb4 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Ne4 20.Nc3 Ba5 21.Rc2 Nxc3 22.bxc3

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) -0.06 (30 ply) 11...b5 12.Bd3 c5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Nxa4 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Bb7 16.Bg3 Rc8 17.Rxc8 Qxc8 18.Qd2 Nh5 19.Rc1 Qa8 20.Rc7

5.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-09-17  cormier: 1) +0.08 (35 ply) 12...cxd4 13.exd4 Nd5 14.Bxd5 Bxh4 15.Ba2 Bf6 16.Re1 b5 17.d5 exd5 18.Nxd5 Bb7 19.Nxf6+ Nxf6 20.Ne5 Qb6 21.Qe2 Be4 22.axb5 axb5 23.b4 Qd4 24.Bxf7+ Rxf7 25.Nxf7 Kxf7 26.Qxb5 Ra2 27.Qc5 Qxc5 28.Rxc5 Rb2 29.f3 Bd3 30.Rc7+ Kg6 31.Ree7 Nd5 32.Rxg7+ Kf6 33.Rgf7+ Kg6 34.Rb7 Rb1+ 35.Kf2

2) +0.25 (34 ply) 12...Re8 13.Qc2 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Qc7 15.b3 Qa5 16.Be2 Nb6 17.Ne4 Nbd5 18.Nd2 Nb6 19.N4f3 Bd7 20.Bg3 Rac8 21.Qb2 Qb4 22.Be5 Nbd5 23.h3 b5 24.axb5 axb5 25.Rfd1 Qa3 26.e4 Qxb2 27.Bxb2 Nf4 28.Bf1 Ng6 29.Be2 Bc6 30.Rxc6 Rxc6 31.Bxb5

3) +0.26 (34 ply) 12...Qb6 13.Qe2 cxd4 14.exd4 Qb4 15.b3 Nb6 16.Ne5 Rd8 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Qxe4 Nd5 20.Be2 Bd7 21.Bd3 g6 22.Rfe1 Qf6 23.Bc4 Bc6 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.Qe3 Kg7 26.Rc2 Rc8 27.Rc4 Rdd8 28.Rec1 Rd6 29.Rc5 Qg5 30.Qxg5 hxg5 31.Nxc6 Rcxc6

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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